Saturday, September 20 at 2 pm
Tapestry Opera presents:
Arias of Canadian Concern
A bouquet of hot, absurd and beautiful arias from some of Canada's newest
operatic composers presented by Canada's premiere new opera company
Tapestry is an international home for creators, developers and performers of new opera: all collaborators in telling stories that surprise, thrill and move audiences. The Tapestry process begins at the annual Composer-Librettist Laboratory where writers and composers are introduced to collaborative creation. Successful partnerships move on to create short operas, ranging in length from 15 – 45 minutes, before full length works are accepted into the Creative Development Program and on to full production. The Youth INside Opera Education Program gives students the opportunity to discover their own stories and engage in the creation of new opera. Our children's operas, Elijah's Kite by Camyar Chai & James Rolfe and Get Stuffed by Alexis Diamond & Richard Payne have toured to over 30,000 students across Ontario and have been produced by other companies in Canada and abroad. Tapestry productions which have premiered to critical and popular acclaim include Pub Operas by David Brock & Gareth Williams, Dark Star Requiem by Jill Battson & Andrew Staniland (with the Gryphon Trio and Elmer Iseler Singers) and the Dora-Award winning Sanctuary Song by Abigail Richardson & Marjorie Chan (with Theatre Direct), both for Luminato, The Shadow by Alex Poch-Goldin & Omar Daniel, Nigredo Hotel by Ann-Marie MacDonald & Nic Gotham, Elsewhereless by Atom Egoyan & Rodney Sharman, Still the Night by Theresa Tova, Facing South by Don Hannah & Linda C. Smith and the Dora Award-winning Iron Road by Chan Ka Nin & Mark Brownell.
Sunday, September 21 at 2 pm at The Barn
Ben Heppner (host), Donna Bennett (soprano), Eleanor James (mezzo), Gryphon Piano Trio,
Judy Loman (harp), Molinari String Quartet, The Westben Festival Chorus and Brian Finley (piano)
A star-studded cast of performers gather to pay tribute to one of Canada's finest composers and recent companion of the Order of Canada, R. Murray Schafer.
"Saturday, November 29 at 1 pm (The Barn)
Sunday, November 30 at 3 pm (The Barn)
Saturday, December 6 at 3 pm (Norwood United Church)
Sunday, December 7 at 3 pm (St Andrew's United Church, Peterborough)
Linda Kash brings favourite letters of Christmas wonderfully to life in Westben's ever-popular seasonal
choral celebration. Joined by Westben's Festival, Teen & Youth Choruses under the direction of
Donna Bennett, with Brian Finley at the piano "Yes, Virginia!" is a 75-minute narrated concert
perfect for the whole family. Is there a Santa Claus? Find out the truth!
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